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Election decision approaches for West Plains candidates


Last updated 5/9/2019 at 4:46pm

Do you want to contribute to the greater good of the burgeoning West Plains community and think you have what it takes to get things done? Or maybe you’re tired of how local elected officials are doing the jobs they were elected to fulfill and want to see them ousted. Perhaps you’re just community minded and want to give back with some community service.

Regardless of your reason for running for local office, the clock is ticking — you’ll need to register with the Spokane County Elections office next week in a very narrow, five-day window of time between 9 a.m. Monday, May 13, and 4 p.m., Friday, May 17.

The cost varies, from no cost to $60 to file to run for a position on the Airway Heights City Council. There are a multitude of open seats on various councils and boards.

Airway Heights City Council

Three positions are up for grabs in Airway Heights. Council Position 3 is currently held by Veronica Messing, Position 5 is held by Larry Bowman, and Position 7 is held by Dave Malet.

Cheney City Council

There are four openings on the Cheney council. Vincent Barthels presently holds Council Position 2, Ryan Gaard Position 5, Jill Weiszmann represents Position 6 and Dan Hilton holds Position 7.

Medical Lake City Council

Five of the city’s seven council seats are available in Medical Lake this year. Council Position 1 currently held by Don Kennedy is open for contenders, as is Position 2 held by Elizabeth Rosenbeck. Ted Olson’s Position 5 seat will also be on the ballot, as will Laura Parsons Position 6 and Jessica Roberts Council Position 7 seat.

Medical Lake School Board

Elsewhere in Medical Lake, three school board seats are open for business. Board President Ron Von Lehe’s Position 2 seat is up for grabs, as is Felicia Jensen’s Position 3 and Ron Cooper’s Position 4 seat.

Cheney School Board

On the Cheney School Board there are three open positions, including Henry Browne’s Position 3 seat, Position 4 currently held by Stacy Nicol, and Mitch Swenson’s Position 5.

Spokane County Fire District 3

A single commissioner Position is available at District 3. Commissioner Position 1, held now by Sharon Colby, is open to a challenger.

Spokane County Fire District 10

The same in District 10, with James McKelvey’s commissioner Position 1 is open for new blood.

Four Lakes Water District 10

Ed Rutledge currently sits on the commissioner Position 1 seat and is the only position open for a challenge.

Strathview Water District 16

There is also a single position open on the Strathview board. Commissioner Position 3, held now by William Kasney, is up for grabs to anyone interested.

For more information on elected office filing deadlines, position fees and other details, go to


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